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Thread #91008   Message #1729095
Posted By: robomatic
27-Apr-06 - 11:44 PM
Thread Name: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
We've had some good ANWR related threads already. Briefly put, ANWR presents little by way of danger to actual animal populations. Developing ANWR represents a loss of pristine habitat. It is not a great deal of territory per se, but it will never be the same.

ANWR represents a significant potential resource from a point of view of absolute dollars. From a percentage point of view of how much fuel the United States consumes, it is not going to change any geopolitical relationships, unless the United States makes a forthright commitment to CONSERVATION.

The strongest reasons to develop ANWR now is that the environmental lobby is still quite strong and can negotiate some developmental safeguards. Also the infrastructure already in the far north is not getting any younger.

If ANWR is developed as part of a coherent unified energy policy which recognizes the increasing cost to the United States both in terms of money and in terms of dependence, then IMO it's potentially worth it. If the attitude is "Hey, it's costing too much to refill my HUMMER", the development of ANWR will achieve very very little.